We’ve found a drug free solution for chronic lower back pain relief thanks to the TENS device- simple to use in the home to relieve pain without pills.
My husband has searched for chronic lower back pain relief for years. Years.
At first, it was a real pain. (Insert laugh track here.) Really though, at first I noticed a marked difference in how he related to me, our kids, and the world in general.
But then living with pain started to be the new normal for us. I just got used to his general grey mood and Eeyore attitude as he navigated the world with chronic lower back pain.
Until the other night. The other night (granted, it was a full moon) he stayed around the dinner table to chat with all of us instead of immediately changing position to get out of pain.
And then- he said, “Man, I feel so good, I’m going to crack open a beer and enjoy it right now.”
My jaw dropped. He hasn’t done that in years.
And then it hit me- his overall mood and attitude have been a lot sunnier in the past few weeks since he’s been experiencing chronic lower back pain relief by using the Omron Avail TENS device. I’m taking a moment here to share with you 5 ways my husband’s life has been easier since we started using the TENS system from Omron.
How Does TENS Provide Chronic Lower Back Pain Relief?
But first- you might be wondering what the heck TENS even is. I know I was too. So, here’s a quick rundown.
Basically, TENS is a series of pulses that are sent across the surface of the skin and the nerve strands to block the pain signal from reaching the brain. It’s completely drug-free chronic pain relief, which was the huge draw for my husband, who hates to take pills. From the Omron press releases:
TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) therapy has three main attributes that make it effective.
- It blocks the pain message signals to the brain
- It stimulates the release of endorphins – our bodies’ natural painkillers, and
- It improves blood circulation
TENS used to be available in doctor’s offices only- which meant if a patient wanted the therapy, they needed to schedule a visit to get relief.
But we can now get relief, up to three times a day, in our own home! Here are 5 ways it’s made our lives better:
Male Self Care- It’s a Thing!
As parents, we are notoriously bad at self-care and I think dads especially get the shaft. My husband works tirelessly all day and comes home to help with the kids. He rarely, if ever, takes time for himself.
When he first started using the TENS device, he was having me put it on his back. Which was totally fine. Except for about two days in- I kept losing track of him! The girls would go to bed and I’d finish the night chores- but my husband was nowhere in sight.
Turns out he found it super easy to put the Omron TENS device on himself and was laying in the office on the floor in the dark just enjoying his therapy time. Now it’s a routine for him- I know he will be taking time for himself every night at about 8 pm, and he’s happier for it.
Guys Stretch Too!
I’m a big believer in stretching, practicing yoga and talking long gentle walks as a way to achieve chronic lower back pain relief. And let’s be real- even though I know that my husband’s back has been hurting, I have definitely not been sympathetic to him for the entire duration of his chronic pain.
Which means I often nag him about taking time to stretch and go on walks. And that means he often ignored me.
Until recently- now that he is experiencing chronic lower back pain relief, he gets up every morning and stretches before he gets dressed. Um- what? And I didn’t even have to nag! I think he just feels more motivated to take care of his body now that he feels better physically.
My Husband Is Nagging Me (and I like it)!
My husband and I have always loved to take long walks- and we are lucky that our daughters really love to be in the stroller. Lately, though, he hasn’t wanted to go on as many walks because his back is always hurting.
Which brings me back to the nagging- to go on walks. And that sucks- for me and for him.
Except now the tables are turned! He’s ready to go on walks, the stroller is out and ready to go, and my husband is nagging me to go on a walk. Added benefit? We are thoroughly enjoying family walk time again. My husband says it’s easier for him to walk because of the lower back pain relief he feels from using the Omron Avail.
Things Are Great In Bed
Gotcha! I’m actually not gonna go there today. I don’t know what the sleep equivalent to hangry is, but we have experienced it for many years at Casa Pura Vida. Poor sleep affects everyone in the family- just ask any parent of a newborn.
After years of sleeping with someone who tosses and turns at night or wakes up in pain, it’s been super fun for both my husband and me to get a good night’s sleep almost every night. And lately, when we don’t- it’s my fault!
We still have two more weeks to go in our testing of the Omron Avail. I recently hurt my elbow, and I’m seriously ready to slap that sucker on my arm and see what happens. I’ll keep you posted!
And if you are looking to buy your own Omron Avail device, you can head over to the sales page here.
In the meantime, please let me know- have you tried TENS? What do you think? What questions do you have?
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Omron Healthcare, Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of personal heart health and wellness products. As always, all opinions are my own.